The crew of our ship was over the top in friendliness and assistance, as they must be in such a competitive industry. They certainly hear the same questions from old people day after day regarding the complicated schedule, and still, they fail to lose their patience. The Captain, who certainly kept to himself, was from Germany and amazing at being able to dock and maneuver through the locks with almost no jerky movement that you would notice. In the photo below, he is turning a very small wheel (palm size) that adjusts thrusters and moves us every so lightly toward the shoreline to dock. He turns just degrees!
The lower level crew that handle the rest of the ship usually come from the Baltic states where jobs are few and skills are high. Their ability to speak English is a premium for these jobs.
At least the maintenance can be done in an open-air office. These ships are amazing in their complexity.
The crew that deals with the passengers are usually from the countries that the ship passes through. Germany, Nederlands, and France were the homelands of our shipmates. When I asked they said they usually have 8 weeks on and one week off.
Above a toast with Aquavit to the success of our voyage, by the Hotel Manager and the Chef. There is no staggard seating for dinner, but they managed to mass produce a decent meal with variety!
Some of the crew were multitalented and sang and played instruments. (It was not as hoaky as it may look in this photo!)
And the Cruise Director was also super outgoing, full of humor, full of the double entendre, and a good sport...she only wore this costume on the last night and looked professional most of the rest of the trip.
The serving and cleaning crew were mostly from the Philippines and a long way from home.
I took the photo below in a haze as my cold was beginning and while we were waiting for our shuttle to the airport. We were almost the last to leave the ship.